There have been 14 more deaths from coronavirus, the Department of Health has confirmed. The death toll now stands at 334 people.

It is the lowest number of deaths here since 2 April, when 13 deaths were reported.

The Department also confirmed that 430 new cases of coronavirus have been identified.

In addition, there are a further 297 additional cases of Covid-19 from the backlog of tests at the laboratory in Germany.

With the German figures included, there are now a total of 9,655 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) revealed that of the 14 latest deaths, 12 were located in east and two in the west of the country. They included six women and eight men.

The median age of today's reported deaths is 80 and ten of these had underlying health conditions.

Today's data from the HPSC is correct as of midnight, Friday 10 April and relates to 8,496 cases. It reveals:

- 45% are male and 54% are female, with 383 clusters involving 1,653 cases

- the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years

-1,777 cases (21%) have been hospitalised

- Of those hospitalised, 261 cases have been admitted to ICU

- 2,312 cases are associated with healthcare workers

- Dublin has the highest number of cases at 4,514 (53% of all cases) followed by Cork with 648 cases (8%)

Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 66%, close contact accounts for 26%, travel abroad accounts for 7%

Earlier today, the chair of the Epidemiological Modelling Group advising the National Public Health Emergency Team said there is a "real danger" of a second wave of virus cases, if the changing of restrictions in place is not done correctly.

Speaking on RTÉ's This Week, Professor Philip Nolan said as we look to modifying restrictions to allow people get back to more activity, there was a "real danger" if not done carefully that we will get a second Covid-19 wave.

If done wrong, he said, we would see a rapid re-emergence of the disease, as well as a rise to a "potentially very dangerous peak".

The Taoiseach announced on Friday that the Covid-19 restrictions will be extended for a further three weeks until Tuesday 5 May.

Among the measures are physical distancing, travel restrictions and cocooning for all those aged 70 and above.

On the likelihood of a lifting of restrictions post 5 May, Prof Nolan said it would be reasonable to consider changing them, only if the measures currently in place result in a significant reduction in the reproduction number of the virus to below one by then.

Infectious disease specialist Prof Sam McConkey said the enforcement of a two-week quarantine for people travelling from areas affected by Covid-19 to non-affected areas could become "the new normal" in the future.

Speaking on RTÉ's Weekend on One, the head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at RCSI, also said there may well be a vaccine within three years, but generally human vaccines take longer than that.

Earlier, an analysis from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre showed the number of healthcare workers in Ireland who have contracted Covid-19 is continuing to increase.

Approximately 2,141 people working in the health service have been diagnosed with Covid-19, representing 27.5% of cases.